UPS Vaccine Logistics: COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Challenges
December 14, 2021
surpassed the one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered mark with
near-perfect on-time delivery. Just one year after the first vaccine was
delivered by UPS, this milestone was made possible through UPS’s
innovative approaches, one-of-a-kind UPS® Premier tracking technologies,
industry-leading cold chain solutions, and an expansive, sophisticated,
global network providing UPS Healthcare™ services to customers and
communities around the world.
The global UPS network and dedicated UPS employees not only supported
healthcare customers and global organizations, but also joined in
public-private partnerships to provide vaccines and cold chain expertise
to countries with hard-to-reach populations, ensuring delivery to as
many people as possible. To achieve this, UPS Healthcare mapped roughly
500 trade lanes to enable seamless worldwide vaccine shipments and used
more than three million pounds of dry ice to help safely move vaccines.
Three Regional 24/7 UPS Healthcare Command Centers, dedicated to predicting and managing the global vaccine movement to ensure on-time delivery, with contingency plans and solutions to mitigate the risks of extreme weather and other obstacles
Partnering with Gavi and other organizations to train and manage ultra-cold vaccine movement in COVAX countries, supporting COVID relief and healthcare infrastructure moving forward
Delivery of COVID-19 vaccines outside of the U.S. managing 4,500 movements through the UPS network and commercial partners since the first vaccines were made available. These flights, coordinated by UPS Global
Freight Forwarding, add capacity to the already extensive UPS Airlines network and provide customers with even greater worldwide reach at a time when equitable vaccine distribution is key to global health.
Embedded UPS logistic experts in countries including Indonesia and Malawi to fully and safely manage vaccine distribution logistics
UPS support of vaccine doses delivered via autonomous aircraft to clinics in Africa through the partnership between Zipline and Gavi.
Real-time visibility into the location of vaccines through UPS® Premier technology, which provides precise visibility into every single vaccine package – down to within 10 feet of its location anywhere in the UPS global network Supported over 130 vaccine clinical trials to date through the UPS Healthcare subsidiary Marken, which is involved in nearly all vaccines and treatments in development today.
“Service is in our DNA. We will continue to provide life-saving supplies, vaccines and other therapies with a constant eye on equitable distribution in every country we serve,” said Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Laura Lane, who also has responsibility for global social impact and sustainability.